Gentili - Trio Sonatas Op.1
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95224
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 22nd July 2016
Five collections totalling 72 separate works survive. The Trio Sonatas of his Op.1 set, published in 1701, command interest through the florid solo writing associated with the solo sonata and concerto genres and the presence of ‘solo’ and ‘tutti’ cues in three slow movements, which suggests performance with doubled instruments. This is music of unfailing good taste and lively spirit, similar in style to the work of his more famous Venetian contemporary Albinoni but rather more technically demanding, and accordingly more playfully evoking the quicksilver world of La Serenissima in its Baroque high noon. Punchy, repeated‐note themes jostle against counter‐melodies with a syncopated swing. Quick movements sometimes flick distractedly between major and minor. To modern ears, Gentili may lack a distinctive artistic personality but he unfailingly knows how to give pleasure to the ear. The musicians of Soavi Affetti joined forces to explore precisely this area of Italian instrumental music, and in particular the lesser‐known corners of the trio sonata repertoire.
Recorded: January 2015, La Confraternita di San Francesco Poverino, Florence, Italy
- Patrizio Focardi (violin)
- Paolo Cantamessa (violin)
- Rebeca Ferri (cello)
- Anna Clemente (harpsichord, organ)
- Giovanni Bellini (theorbo)
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